Refurbishment and extension of 17th C thatched cottage with outbuildings and landscaped parkland.
Whilst the original cottage was comprehensively restored, the main work involved the creation of a spectacular new family room. This vaulted space was constructed round a traditional oak frame with carefully weathered brickwork and plaster infills.
A large open fireplace was installed at one end — a bespoke grill allowing its use as a working kitchen. At the other end of the room a modern kitchen and pantry were introduced under a mezzanine gallery space.
The original cottage was not listed due to a number of awkward 20th C extensions; these were therefore demolished and replaced with two new wings built using reclaimed materials and traditional techniques throughout.
Reclaimed tiles and timber were sourced to ensure the aged character of the house was maintained throughout, and bespoke joinery and sanitary ware were installed in the dressing room and master ensuite.
The stables were converted into a guest cottage; internally it remained a single space, with the exposed framing of stud walls and an open fireplace providing informal separation between the bedroom, the living area and a free standing cast iron bath.
Elsewhere on the estate, a pair of shepherd’s huts were built off-site and towed into position to act as an informal guest cottage. A large oak deck was built to overlook a new wild pond that replaced a small original water feature. The deck provides the perfect place to watch the dragonflies that have quickly colonised the pond whilst the tumbling bushes round the edges of the water provide shade and visual interest.
Reclaimed tiles and timber were sourced to ensure the aged character of the house was maintained throughout
Traditional building techniques include the use of an oak frame and thatched roof
"a pair of shepherd’s huts were built off-site and towed into position to act as an informal guest cottage where the deck provides the perfect place to watch the dragonflies that have quickly colonised the pond..."